Claire van den Heever looks into the current situation of South Africa’s Refugees and interviews leading South African immigration attorney Gary Eisenberg of Eisenberg & Associates together with Sharon Ekambaram of Lawyers for Human Rights and Corey Johnson of the Scalabrini Institute.  

Here are some salient extracts of the article published on City Press.  Please read the full article at this link.

“South Africa’s Refugees Act was once recognised by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees as one of the world’s most progressive. Today South Africa pays only lip service to international human rights norms, said Cape Town-based immigration lawyer Gary Eisenberg. 

According to section 3(a) of the act, a person qualifies for refugee status if they have left the country of their nationality because of “a well-founded fear of being persecuted by reason of his or her race, tribe, religion, nationality, political opinion or membership of a particular social group”.

 

Eisenberg & Associates specialises in South African immigration and nationality law.